My 1929 Charmer

Touring Through Blogland

Hello Everyone!

I am excited to be participating in Touring Through Blogland!  I was invited by Kathy at Creative Home Expressions.

Creative Home Expressions

 Kathy starting blogging in December of 2007!  She lives in Ohio with her hubs of 29 years. She’s a Mom and Grandma (certainly doesn’t look it).   Kathy loves to decorate, and she’s a pro at creating and repurposing.

Kathy just participated in Where Bloggers Create…head over to view where her creative inspiration blossoms.  She also has a great series, The Artist Behind the Etsy.  The series introduces you to some of the creative people, finding out where they find their inspiration, and a little bit more about them.  I have found Etsy dealers I would not have found otherwise.

OK. . . . let the tour begin!

My 1929 Charmer

The four questions I’m to answer are:

1) What are you working on right now?

Well, too many things actually!   A little bit of advice…don’t’ work on three major projects at one time!

A large project has been bringing our cottage garden back to where she was two years ago.  I was sick/surgery which left me not even stepping in my garden last year.  I never realized how fast a garden can get “away” from you.

Vintage Tea Cup

It’s taking a lot of time, hard work and love, but she is once again shinning!

The Charmer Garden

We’ve also been working on a kitchen updo…

Kitchen Updo

Installing a vintage chippy railing, lightening the backsplash, creating new light fixture and sewing new cottage chair covers.  The kitchen updo right now has taken a back seat to our garden renewal.

In the background mix is our deck updo, no pictures to share, but it’s finished, I just haven’t had time to post the process.

2) How does my work differ from others in this genre?

In every way!  First I think of blogging as more of a creative process. The work comes in when your doing projects requiring manual labor! My blog is about our smaller cottage 1929 Charmer. Showcasing her through budget friendly cottage decorating. You do not have to spend big bucks to get a magazine worthy home!

My cottage home encompasses a relaxed style and welcoming atmosphere by not being a perfectionist which stifles my creativity.  Life is meant to be enjoyed and how can one do that when being stressed out with everything looking perfect?

Since I don’t consider myself like anyone else, that in of itself, makes My 1929 Charmer blog different.  I was the owner and lead chef of my own personal chef business for 15 years so  I incorporate cooking in my genre.

Also an University of Illinois Certified Master Gardener started a Master Gardening Series.

Master Gardening Series

I’m happy to say next year there will be 2 more Master Gardeners joining the series to share our knowledge with others. Our goal is to help others become  Master Gardeners of their gardens too!

3) Why do I write/create what I do?

When I retired my personal chef business I went in to creative withdrawal that being a chef provided.  As I started reading and following home/design bloggers I was drawn in by the “neighborhood” atmosphere amongst blogging.

It allows me to share  my passions with other like minder passioners! One other love I have is my love of needlework. . . sewing, crewel, embroidery, quilting, knitting and crocheting.

Needlework Love

So I joined in on the bandwagon in April 2011.  I like the friendships created though blogging. It’s also exciting to be among other who are as “inspired” as I am to share our creativeness in a genre that “gets” me!

4) How does your writing/creating process work?

My goal was to have finished posts already compiled for the incoming month.  Guess what, that has never happened. . .. being a spontaneous personality just won’t let me.  How do I know what I what to do next month….I’m a fly by my pants kind of girl.

I try to keep my blog ever changing by intermixing, home decor projects, food, gardening, needlework and so on.


It’s time to pass the Touring Across Blogland wand over to 3 ladies that really inspire me.  I invited these ladies  not only because they inspire me. . . but because they face the same challenges I do. We create and inspire others living in smaller spaces while making them our “home”, we aren’t Mcmansion owners.

The ladies will be sharing their tour on Monday, June 21st!

First up, Brenda at Cozy Little House

What can one say about this creatively inspiring woman.  Brenda began blogging on the last day of 2008… and she is right…she was born to write.  She definitely has the “gift” of words. She recently moved and is now living in a 700 sq. ft. apartment.

I’m drawn to her not only as a person, but her love of color.  She incorporates color like no one else.  Her style is unique and quite charming, elements of my own heart and in a small home.  She also has a great love of gardening, and her patio garden holds it’s weight against any “ground” garden.

Oh, and her photography skills surpass all.

Second, Rita at May Days

Rita began blogging in May, 2010.  I consider Rita to  be the organizing “diva” of all times.  When I see how organized she is it make me feel, well, lacking in this area.  I agree with Rita and Jane….“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.”  – Jane Austen

She also thinks that “thrifting is like a box of chocolate”. Wow, a woman of my own heart.  Can one describe the excitement of thrifting better than that? Rita has another blogs, Rita’s Recipes, where she shares yummy food and recipes.

Rita is also a very charming woman who’s smile can light up a room, and she’s also pretty good at using waterlogue.  Rita was kind enough to do watercolor on the Charmer, you can see it on my sidebar!

Third, Debra at Frugal Little Bungalow.

Another lovely lady created her blog in August 2013. Debra’s blog is dedicated to small space living & small budget spending and basic
simple pleasures in life.  Her blog also encompasses a bit of coping with and around “ordinary daily life”.  I also agree with her thinking, “There is an interesting movement going on right now called ‘tiny houses’ and it is fascinating”!

Debra shoots the most beautiful nature photography photos and her quilting skills are outstandingly professional. So much so Debra has inspired me to start quilting after a 25 year hiatus.

She also has a second blog, Homespun  that she started in late May 2012.

I hope you enjoyed the tour and make sure to check out the other tours Monday, July 21st!


  1. says

    Thank you for your sweet and kind words, Cathy! You did a great job on your post! Debra is new to me and I will be sure to head over and visit her blog. I feel for you in getting your garden back in shape. I remember when I went back to work full-time. My gardens were what I called “stay-at-home-Mom-beds”, where I had the time to take care of and maintain them. Once back at work, they all went downhill! Yours are looking wonderful.

  2. says

    I love reading your answers to the questions.

    I had no idea you were a chef – have you seen the film Chef? We loved the story, watching the cooking and the fabulous soundtrack. It is still playing in our area and everyone who sees it loves it.

    Your garden is fabulous and I loved seeing more of your house.

  3. says

    Hi, Cathy! I know exactly what you mean about wanting to schedule posts in advance but it rarely seems to happen. Occasionally, but it’s very rare and only for a few days. :) You are one creative, talented lady! Loved hearing a bit more about you!

  4. says

    I am finding this tour of Blogland so interesting. I love meeting new bloggers and finding out the life behind each one. I have been following you for quite awhile and love your writing style. My favorite recent project of yours has been the chippy cottage railing addition to your home.

  5. says

    Hi Cathy,
    You did a wonderful post! Thank you for my introduction. Better than I could have done! I also love the recipe and have printed it. Is that a new feature? I have wanted to add a print recipe option to my blog and never got it right. Will you do a tutorial for us? It’s been on my ‘to learn/to do’ for a while! …Cool evenings! What’s that like?
    ((hugs)) Rita

  6. says

    I had no idea you were a chef. I don’t know how I missed that. I’m so glad you are feeling better and can be back out in your garden. It is gorgeous. I enjoyed your tour!

  7. says


    It’s been really nice getting to know you through your lovely blog. I’m enjoying all your gorgeous garden posts – you have the most pretty petals growing in your garden! Your home is charming, no doubt about that, and thus the name of your blog!;))


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